Les Roches didn’t start off as a Swiss hospitality management school, but as an international boarding school – the vision of the four Clivaz brothers.
The brothers grew up in Bluche, with its expansive skyscapes, stunning views over the Valais Alps and the Rhone Valley, and air that is said to sparkle like champagne.
Marcel and Jean-Pierre started winter ski camps in 1952. These camps were so successful, that parents asked if they would start a school for their children all year round.
Entrepreneurs, educationalists and internationalists, the brothers started to plan how they could create a business that would meet the education needs of the growing number of expats in Geneva.
They secured buildings and land in Bluche near the family home to found the first and only international boarding school in Valais, offering American and European-standard study programs.
Les Roches – meaning ‘The Rocks’ in English – opened its doors in 1954 with 60 children aged 12-18. The girls were housed in Prés-Fleuris and the boys in Les Roches.
A new school and a new way of life were born.